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Beating Step I score with Step II

Discussion in 'Step II' started by da3dl3us, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. da3dl3us

    da3dl3us Space Cowboy 7+ Year Member

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    Hey dudes,

    I got a 225/91 on my Step I. I plan on taking my Step II early to be a bit more competitive for Radiology. The fear, of course, is doing worse on the step II.

    So with hard work (I'm taking an easy 2 week rotation then 2 weeks off), is getting over a 225 (preferably 230) doable?
     
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  3. Villin

    Villin 10+ Year Member

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    yes
     
  4. da3dl3us

    da3dl3us Space Cowboy 7+ Year Member

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    lol, thanks! :)
     
  5. Villin

    Villin 10+ Year Member

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    seriously, you should be able to add ~10 points to your step 1 score IF you study diligently for those 4 weeks. (how have you done on your shelf exams (especially medicine)?
     
  6. da3dl3us

    da3dl3us Space Cowboy 7+ Year Member

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    I've been doing ok. Around high 70's percentile on the shelf exams. My peds (80s) was my best.

    So how early am I to take the StepII if I want the residencies to take note of it when I apply? Is end of September too late?
     
  7. RustNeverSleeps

    RustNeverSleeps Walker, Texas Ranger 5+ Year Member

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    That should be fine - you could probably take it by December, depending on if you think you need it to pass the screen versus improve your overall application.
     
  8. Villin

    Villin 10+ Year Member

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    are those percentiles or raw scores? either way you should be fine

    i believe step 1 scores are used to screen for rads so step 2 isn't going to make or break you, unfortunately. HOWEVER, once you do get passed the screen AND you score significantly above your step 1, then i see no reason why you wouldn't match. that's assuming you also have other things such as research exp, pubs, posters, abstracts. also, do an away rotation at a program you think is within reach.

    good luck and i hope you match next year.
     

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